After a very successful and productive July, I was quite optimistic that August would be just the same. Although I started the month off full of motivation and enthusiasm, both of those fizzled a bit towards the end of the month as I transitioned back into the school routine.
Even though I’m disappointed with how I ended the month, overall August was a successful month when it came towards meeting my monthly goals.
1. Log at least 130 miles.
My August mileage total was 126.2 miles, which was 97% of my 130 miles goal. The reality was that I was only one workout short of reaching my goal, but as I shared in Monday’s weekly recap, last week was an incredibly exhausting week and I just didn’t have it in me to get that last workout in for the month.
My August miles brings my 2018 mileage total to 769.6 miles, which means that I’m only 30.4 miles from being 100% on track with my goal to log 1,200 miles this year. I know that with focus and hard work that I can reach my mileage goal by the end of the year.
2. Work out at least six days per week.
Most weeks I worked out four or five days per week. I’ve come to the realization that as a working mother of an active toddler that I don’t have the time and energy to dedicate to working out all but one day each week. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
3. Focus on healthy eating.
With only a few exceptions I was very pleased with my food choices last month. By fueling my body with healthy food I was able to stay as active as I did.
4. Continue to stay on track while away from home.
While away from home during the first half of the month, I managed to not only focus on healthy eating but also staying active.
September is going to be an incredibly busy month. Not only is it my last full month of marathon training, but it is also the first full month of the school year. On top of that, my family has quite a few social activities on our calendar this month. I will certainly be challenged when it comes to staying on track but I’m determined to do it.
1. Log at least 140 miles.
Given that I have three double digit long runs this month, I’m optimistic that I can log at least 140 miles this month.
2. Work out at least five days per week.
I think that working out five days per week is a much more realistic goal than six days was, especially now that I’m back at work.
3. Reach my RMHC fundraising goal.
Regular readers of my blog know that I will be running Chicago as a charity runner with Team Ronald McDonald House Charities. As of today I am 72% of the way towards reaching my fundraising goal of $1,000. Given that I’m expected to reach this goal by October 1st, including this on my list of goals for September is a no brainer. Even though reaching this goal isn’t completely in my control, I am more likely to receive additional donations if I continue to educate friends and family about the mission and success of RMHC.
4. Incorporate self care into my routine.
As the school year continues on my daily stress will also likely increase. In order to prevent some of consequences of high amounts of stress that I’ve been faced with in the past, it will be important that I take time for myself in order to help destress.
QOTD: What are your goals for September?